Posted on: July 22, 2016
By: Alan O'Neill
Posted in: Houston TX, Local News
In the wake of this year’s outrageous rainfall and flooding, many Houston area homeowners are still feeling overwhelmed by the process cleaning up and making repairs. But, there is help for homeowners available. The Federal Emergency Management Agency has extended the deadline for applying for assistance, according to Houston Public Media.
The federal agency that responds to disasters is providing information about cleaning up mold and also how to obtain flood insurance.
FEMA disaster mitigation specialist Kenneth Milausnic (right) shows Sugarland resident Margie Phillips (left) a brochure about how to reduce the effects of flooding in homes.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency, or FEMA, is extending to July 29th the deadline to register for disaster assistance due to the storms that hit Texas in April.
In addition to the extended deadline, FEMA staff recently visited Lowe’s stores located in Harris and Fort Bend counties to provide tips to homeowners about how to recover from flooding in the future.
They are also setting up stations at the home improvement stores to help those who suffered damages during the floods.
These experts explain techniques to reduce the effects of flooding, such as clean-up of mold and mildew, and handing out brochures on flood insurance.
That is important for Margie Phillips, a Sugarland resident.
“I myself am adding (flood insurance) to my home because even though my lot is very high, because I’m backed to a golf course, there’s a gulley and that floods and that can flood my home,” says Phillips.
One more thing homeowners should remember is having “a disaster kit prepared inside the home,” said Kenneth Milausnic, a FEMA disaster mitigation expert.
A disaster kit must include important documents and a supply of food and water for at least three days.
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